Soccer legend Pele has been transferred to palliative care at hospital as the 82-year-old Brazilian is unresponsive to chemotherapy for his bowel cancer, Brazilian newspaper Folha reported.
Pelé has been admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo since Tuesday and the latest official medical bulletin from the hospital said that he was in stable condition. However, the local newspaper has reported that the three-time World Cup winner will no longer undergo treatments as he is at the end of his life.
Earlier on Friday, fans raised a banner wishing Pele a speedy recovery during Brazil’s World Cup group stage match against Cameroon, which the latter won 1-0 at Lusail Stadium.
Pele took to Instagram to thank fans for the “get well soon” message projected on a building in Qatar. In the post, Pele said he is only making a “monthly hospital visit” and thanked his supporters for sending him “good vibes.”
Playing professional soccer since 1956, Pelé won the World Cup for Brazil in 1958 at just 17 years old, while he won it twice in 1962 and 1970 respectively. The legend scored a record 77 goals for the Selecao in 92 games and is widely considered the greatest of all time. At the club level, he played most of his career for Santos, scoring 618 goals in 636 appearances between 1956 and 1974.